(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Following the nullification of the Meretz primary results for leadership of the
Jerusalem municipality faction of the party, Meretz’s election committee ruled
Tuesday that City Councilman Dr. Meir Margalit and a rival must share the
contested post. This, after Margalit won by a clear majority.
of the June primary were annulled after Rabbi Ehud Bandel and Councilwoman Laura
Wharton, both candidates for the position, alleged voting “irregularities” and
requested a formal review of the results, as well as an
According to Margalit, a subsequent investigation found that 23
east Jerusalem residents who voted for him were disqualified because they paid
the NIS 60 registration fee to become faction members in cash, violating party
rules that new members only pay by check or credit card.
committee – which did not hold a second vote – subsequently mandated that Deputy
Mayor and City Councilman Yosef “Pepe” Alalo head the party during the first
half of the two-and-a-half-year term, and Margalit replace him during the second
Margalit said Thursday he rejects the committee’s decision because
Alalo lost the original vote, and has requested a court ruling on the
“The system is wrong because the guy that loses can’t lead,” he
The committee added the stipulation that Alalo must resign from all
his duties at the end of his term to allow a new council member from Meretz to
take his place.